Monday, November 4, 2013

Math Workshop Final Installment

I'm back with the final installment of the Math Workshop Monday Series.  I will be taking a break from the weekly series and will post more about Math Workshop at least monthly.


For the final week, the focus will be on the fourth rotation:
During this rotation, I have my students work on math fluency, a review skill, a game, task cards, etc.

I've shared earlier how I now have this organized.  You can read the older post {here}.  I have 4 tubs this year, one for each group.

I try to change out the materials inside the tubs at least once a week.  I add items to the tubs based on the skills that need to be reviewed by that particular group.  For example, last week, Group 1 worked on subtraction word problems.  I love to make task cards for my tubs, but also love finding some great materials from my favorite bloggers.  In the picture above, you can see two of my favorites :)

I also have the luxury of having 3 iPads in my room.  I obtained these last year when I agreed to teach Saturday school for 7 weeks.  It was a sacrifice, but paid off in the end. I *just* introduced the iPads two weeks ago and my students are in LOVE.  No surprise, really.  I have the apps organized by skill and will tell the group what skill they need to review when I hand them the iPad.  It takes seconds to pass them out and tell them what to do.  I also have a 1-strike and you are out policy with the iPads.  If it even *looks* like you have broken and iPad rule, you go back to your seat.  No questions.  I'm a meany that way.  But, it works.

What do you put in your stations?  Do you find it difficult to manage?  Do you have any tips?  I'd love to hear your suggestions.

Hope you have a great week!

5 comments :

  1. I really appreciate you posting about your math stations! Thanks for sharing your ideas and experience!!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and letting me know it helped :)

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  2. I have really enjoyed this series! Thanks for posting all about your math workshop! I have really enjoyed doing it this year. It's one of the things I look forward to all day. Most of my stations are running smoothly, but I have found that my hands-on station the students get off task the most.

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    1. Thank you so much, Rachel! This is my toughest station, too. This year, I have that group closer in proximity to my small group table and this has helped. Still changing things constantly to find what works better :) Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the series.

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  3. Hi Elizabeth! I'm reading these posts years after they were written because I'm planning to implement Math Workshop in my classroom next year. Thank you so much for all of the great info about how you 'do' math workshop in your classroom! It helps so much to pull together everyone's great ideas and then figure out what will work for me and my kids :)

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